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Q&A with Jordon Herget: Saint Louise’s new CEO talks improving service, health care options

Jordan Herget has 16 years of hospital executive experience

Published in the January 18 – January 31, 2017 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Staff Report

Jordan Herget

Jordan Herget took on the role of the president and chief executive officer of O’Connor Hospital in San Jose and Saint Louise Regional Hospital in November. Both hospitals are part of Verity Health System which purchased them last year.

With 16 years of hospital executive experience, Herget holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s in health finance and management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also holds Advanced Lean Training Certification from the Virgina Mason Institute and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives Morgan Hill Life asked him about how he will focus in 2017 on operating South Valley’s hospital.

How do you see your new role in leading Saint Louise Regional Hospital?

My first priority will be to get to know the physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers at each hospital. Ultimately, my main goal will be to identify ways in which we can work together to ensure the hospitals continue to thrive for generations to come. My role will be to build upon the dedication of current staff and physicians to ensure high-quality healthcare options for members of the Gilroy and Morgan Hill communities.

What prior career experience do you have that will enable you to serve at Saint Louise’s new CEO?

I have more than 15 years experience as a hospital executive, including three years as the CEO of a community hospital in Edmond, Oklahoma and four years experience here in Santa Clara County as the COO of Good Samaritan Hospital.

How would you describe the level of patient service you intend to provide the people of Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy?

We intend to provide the highest quality of services at a level the same or better than they could find in San Jose, thus providing outstanding healthcare options on a local level.
South Valley residents were deeply concerned about the recent transition of management at Saint Louise from the Daughters of Charity. How successful has the change been?
The management team of Verity Health and the leadership team at Saint Louise are dedicated to the long-term financial success of the hospital, keeping it a viable option for our community. At the same time, charitable donations and charitable care remain a commitment with Verity Health. During this past year, the staff of Saint Louise donated more than 350 hours to community service. We are focused on showing our community members we are partnered with them, Together in Health.

What plans do you have for Saint. Louise in the coming year and beyond?

In the coming year, we plan to build on physician specialties that were added in 2016. Adding 3-D mammography and updating our Breast Care Center will have a positive impact on our community members as will updates planned for our Labor and Delivery unit.

During the next year, both Chief Administrative Officer John Hennelly and I will continue to be visible at events throughout the local communities.